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actually comes. the obama, for obama. here, it starts with a name. margaret conley, abc news, obama city, japan. >> and the word obama translates to little beach. >> little beach, he sadly will not be visiting on this trip. >> yeah. >> maybe next time. stay w >> just moments away on good morning, washington, traffic for trivers and will a water main break turn an already big friday rush into a longer one? >> and a nor'easter funds to coast with heavy rains and high winds. we are on storm watch this morning. >> and president obama arrives to another country and makes a tribute to the service penn. captioned by the national captioning institute -- www.ncicap.org --
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>> good friday morning washington, i'm doug mckelway. >> and i'm alison starling, good morning, everybody. we have made it to friday morning. traffic and weather every 10 minutes. >> this could be a difficult one on the beltway. >> brian? >> we're looking at some rough gos along the area because of leftover wet pavement and gusty winds. today the rain is less intense. light in nature but off and on roughout day. it will still be cool and we still have the gusty winds. just not as much rain. the nor'easter starting to lift out. we're still in its grasp with wind but not with the heavy rain. jumping over to the forecast today. drizzle with scattered showers. gusty and cool. temperatures in the low 50's. it will be a little bit better as we head into the weekend.
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i'll have details on that as well. alison and doug back over to you. >> lisa? >> no change on the inner loop and the beltway. yesterday there was a water main break and seems to still be the scenario. three lanes to the left will get by, the far right transition lane will remain closed as they take care of the water main break. the outer loop of the beltway was closed at connecticut avenue as they moved crash out of the way. the highlight ins this camera just getting pasthis wreck. so expect toofed lineup early near holery cross to head to the mormon temple. back to the fuse desk. >> a traffic alert for beltway drivers. >> right now three lanes are open but one is still closed that the hour all because of a water main that broke 24 hours ago.
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crews worked around the clock to fix the broken pipe but now we have word that they may replace it as opposed to just fixing it. sounds like a mess out there, matt. >> well, it was a mess certainly yesterday. terrible, terrible traffic situation. it's still early in the rush hour right now and it's friday so that usually means reduced traffic. you can see the traffic there on the beltway is moving at speed the highlights you are looking at right now, the 10 inch iron main probably installed when the beltway was built, soairly old and it did burst and there was flooding so they closed down several lanes. right now one lane closed all the way to the right. you have to get by to the center and left. and as we said, you can see traffic is moving. as we understand, they may just go ahead and cap that water main
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instead of absolutely repairing it. we will get more details and hopefully closer. we're further back from where went to be right now. we're going to keep an eye on this traffic because it was quite a mess yesterd and we have to wait and see what happens today. live in the maryfield area right now, i'm matt brock. >> meanwhile remnants of tropical storm ida brought heavy rains and strong winds to our area. up with of the places hardest hit was the delmarva peninsula. many places are -- the partial act vacation of the emergency operation center in order keep an eye on the flooding. and a state of emergency does remain in effect throughout virginia. this is the scene in hampton where several roads were closed. three people have been killed in car accidents related to this
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storm. brian and adam will be back in less than 10 minutes for another check on the forecast. if you need weather updates you can log on to www.wjla.com at any time. >> president obama is in tokyo. he will be peteing with japan's prime minister as he waves a decision of a war sfleage afghanistan. a formal announcement is still weeks away. the president says he won't send troops in harm's way unless they have proper support and there's a clear exit strategy. the army psychiatrist accused in the fort hood shootings could face death penalty. one of the shooting victims was pregnant so he could face a 14th charge. a full review regarding what they knew about hassan is requested.
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>> it could end up being one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in history. a new york skyscraper and four u.s. mosques, including the islamic education center in patomic maryland, they are owned by the alovy foundation accused 06 being secretly controlled by the iranian government. prosecutors are trying to sees more than $5 million from that group. the mosques will remain open while the case works its way through the courts and we are following a the developing story. obama's top lawyer is expected to announce today that he is stepping down. the move follows controversy over his handling of plans to close the prison at guantanamo bay. he was behind the executive order tore close that prison by january of next year. the administration has since
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backed off that decline and will be replaced by president obama's perm lawyer, bob bower. >> 48 degrees in rosiland. >> and big the developments in the balloon boy hoax investigation. later today we could hear a guilty plea. >> around how much is enough? 7 on your side with how much you need to know about the swine flu vaccine. >> and we have a little bit of river flooding here and there. we'll talk about that and detail the forecast and let you know
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>> 5:909 on this friday morning. welcome back to good morning, washington. gusty winds and a little rain and a little on the cool side. like past couple of mornings but not as wet. the rain is thinning out a little bit nevertheless we still have rain to talk about. scattered rain this morning, not as widespread as the past couple of days, but you'll still have wet roads and drizzle. 48 degrees in the district. at east patomic parts and we have wind gusts ex excess of 30 miles per hour.
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not as persistent rain. more light drizzle. finally the improvements come over the weekend. tomorrow still gray but warmer in the mid to upper 50's and then comfortable in the 60's. >> two wrecks between georgia avenue and connecticut avenue right now the left lane closed and the two right lanes closed. the highlights just meandered their way past the accident. no change on the beltway inner loop between 50 and 66. that water main break is still blocking the right travel lane. here we are in the geico lane camera. back to alison and doug. >> thank you lisa. metro is now the target of a criminal lawsuit. the washington post reports federal authorities have charged metro with releasing hazardous
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chemicals into the sewer system. polluted water left over after metro cars were washed was allegedly released into sewer pipes without being properly treated. at the carrollton and branch rail yards this took place back in 2003. >> coming up next this morning maryland health experts confirm six more dead from the swine flu. we're going to tell you about the growing infection rate. >> first big developments from the balloon boy hoax and we're going to tell you what's next the ba-l( music playing )we're - now's the time to invest. in lumber. in rubber. in bellies. and precious metals. it's time to put everything you have into your 10k. your 5k. and even your 1k. and, of course, you can never go wrong with futures.
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>> in our top stories at 5: 15, virginia remains in a state of emergency. many streets remain flooded due to the rain and officials warn it could continue through tonight. three people have been killed in car accidents related to the storm. >> guilty pleas are expected from richard and mayumi heene. richard heene will reportedly plead guilty to a felony and his wife to a misdemeanor charge which will keep her from being deported to japan. >> president obama will meet with the prime minister in japan and travel on to china and south korea. >> it is now 5:15 and the number of swine flu death sincere skyrocketting. maryland health officials now report six more deaths associated with the h1n1 virus. bringing the statewide total to 19.
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virginia is reporting 21 deaths. nationwide swine flu has killed nearly 4,000 people including 540 people. there's still confusing to vaccine many parents don't know two vaccinations are necessary to protect their children against virus. >> the data shows for kids under 10, you can't relyably count on that one shot producing full immunity for all the boys and girls. >> but there is still a shortage of the vaccine and health if i believes are hoping that shortage will ease within a month or so. >> time for a look at weather and traffic every 10 minutes. >> lisa baden has had a difficult week navigating all these trouble spots. >> it's the beltway, outer loop for the highlights leaving the ikea in this geico camera you can see the traffic seems to be handling its own. two wrecks before this area has
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one lane blocked on the left then after that two lanes blocked on the right. in virginia no change on the inner loop at arlington boulevard where they are fixing the water main repair. one travel lane is blocked as well as the merge lane between 50 and 66. we're showing you a live picture out of loudoun county on the greenway to 28 a very nice ride right now. aped love this camera because it's a beautiful transitn to brian. >> on 7 radar this morning take a look at the showers and notice how few and far between they are, not quite as intense in coverage as yesterday and they are traveling in the southerly pattern. one active flood warning for st. mary's county and coastal flood warning along the areas touching the bay and patomic we could see high tides above average. take a look at the picture on
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our weather map and i'll show you the swirl as it continues to churn. it will be slow to pull out although rain not as heavy, we are still impacted by the clouds and wind. so gray, windy and cold through the afternoon with some scattered light showers and a little bit drizzly. here's a look at tomorrow. i think tomorrow's still gray, guys, but warmer, upper 50's. sunday we break into sunshine. we hit 70, the pattern finally eases. >> sunday is going to be great. thanks brian. >> today's "tech bytes" youtube's upgrade. >> plus, it is like tv guide for next day viewers. we have more. >> in today's "tech bytes," bridgeing the gap between web surfing and channel surfing. clicker.com will help you find
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music videos and tvs already on the web. links users to free and paid sites. clicker even has features you would find on a dvr such as new episode alerts and season passes. it will support the high resolution television vaccine on h.d. tv's. it will support the full high definition form mat known as a 1080 ep. videos will still have a 10-minute limit. and now microsoft is helping main stream built into newer versions of windows. "usa today's" ed bay weighs in on the future o touch computing. >> will this replace the mouse and keyboard? no. frankly touch is kind of fun to have. definitely takes getting used to. it's not for everybody. but it's welcomed technology
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still in the early stages. it's going to be here to stay. >> you can read ed's column at "usa today."com. finally dress that can really make a woman light up a rom. two london-based designers made this dress with 24,000 led lights. it's the largest wearable display in the world and powered by a lot of ipod batteries and can stay lit for 24 hours. for information on all of these stories log on to the technology page of abcom. those are your "tech bytes." >> those dress, put presents by your feet. >> where would you wear that dress? >> on the news. >> on the red carpet somewhere. friday morning outside we have 47 degrees. >> still ahead on good morning, washington. first ryan zimmerman wins an
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award. >> votes are in on oprah for the karaoke challenge and the twilight saga on oprah here on abc 7.
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>> hey, good morning, washington. the nationals made it official signing the new field mc. he took over after the all-star
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game last season and there was a marked improvement tapped club rap a couple win streaks o and the nats made the decision because they believe riggleman was a better fit than bobby valentine. 4 eeel be more patient through the tough times. >> it took great interesting time but the bottom line is we have to do better. and hopefully we'll play more like we did that last couple of months rather than what we did the first couple. >> jim riggleman. >> ryan zimmerman won the gold glove now the national league silver slugger award voted on by the managers and the coaches. he batted .292 with 32 home runs, 106 ribbies and 110 runs scored so congratulations to ryan zimmerman. there's a look at your morning sports and tgif. >> thank you. 5:24 is your time and in today's bloomberg report investors are
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watching walt disney. we are joined by michelle with more. >> alison, good friday morning. walt is definitely on the radar screen reporting an 18% jump in fourth-quarter profits beating analyst's estimates thanks in part to higher paid tv questions watching espn. around revenue in the theme park division felt 147.2% while profit in the division tumbled 17%. as we're trading overall pointing to a higher open as the dollar falls again and keep an eye on verizon as well. in a press release it's introducing its high-speed phi yose to gnomes gaithersburg. verizon says it's offering new customers a $150 prepaid visa card. verizon, by the way adding fewer
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new phi yose customers in the last quarter than the same quarter a year previous. that's business bloomberg michelle steel reporting for abc 7 news. alison back over to you. >> 5:25 and we have 47 degrees at rosslyn. the news continues. >> still ahead in our next half-hour, behind-the-scenes with bo obama. we'll sexual abuse you to the white house first dog trainer. >> it just seems like an extra -- >> and later a story you'll see only on 7, hours before his burial the remains of a decorated war hero disappear. >> plus, you're taking a live look now at the waters of the patomic cresting over the guardrail here at hanes point an example of how the nor'easter is affecting our area. i'm courty robinson.
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we'll take a look at the damage up and down the east coast caused by this storm. >> thank you courtney. we're watch that storm as it most to the north and starts to move away from us. but what does that mean for us locally? all those details and more.
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>> and the time now just about 5:30 on a friday morning. welcome back to good morning, washington. we're hoping the rain will taper off. >> we sure are. we could use some sunshine. >> yes. ban long time since we've seen
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the sunshine, it seems, although -- >> we had a great weekend and a great monday. >> today the vein tapering off but it's still wind yip and cold. the smours are not nearly as numerous. the system a good sign moving off the coast. down the 59 corridor. with eel talk to lisa about that commute. upper 40's and low 50's with gusty winds. adam will be back to talk about the change. we will get better bit-by-bit but right now a perfect 10. lisa's our traffic update person. >> it's not a perfect 10 on the outer loop of the beltway. unfortunately three separate wrecks between georgia and wisconsin avenue. i have water main break repair where 50 and 66 merge. i have crash just reported on 66 eastbound if you're out of
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rosslyn to go to 110 before the 110 exit apparently blocking one of those lanes. >> lisa baden, thank you. as you just said matt brock will continue our traffic coverage. he is live in mayor field. what's the situation out there? >> you can tell the volume's increased even just takeover last 15 minutes. take a look at the inner loop of the beltway. the highlhts coming towards you are the inner loop travelers. and they are slowing as they approach this area. there's a police officer causing traffic to slow a bit especially just this moment there's a big slowdown. but the volume is lighter than most days, as it usually is on fridays so, we're hoping for good news. one lane closed on the inner loop to the right. the other three getting by, but getting by slowly, as you can see there. the water main broke yesterday and was a solid mess.
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it's a 10-inch iron water main and doesn't look like they are going to repair it as it once was. they are going to cap it and repair it later. traffic has been a concern here for months now as this construction has been underway. it was just worse yesterday. we're going to stay on it all morning long and keep you updated. b-dot saying if you can avoid this area this morning you should. they hope to have it repaired by noon today. i'm matt brock. abc 7 news. >> matt, keep us posted out there. meanwhile we go back to the weather and forecasters expect this november minor east torre keep pounding the southern part of the commonwealth all day but the effects reach up and down the east coast. courtney robinson with more on how the area is coping with all this rain. >> we're talking about a massive
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slow-moving nor'easter stretching from north carolina to new york, producing rain and of course high winds. we're here at haynes point and we're going to zoom in for you. the water of the patomic cresting over the guardrail, covering the walkway. it's not even close to -- high tide was 11:00 a.m. forecasters again tell me the patomic will stay about three feet above normal high tide. again, hoping to see these waters go down. other areas, bethany beach delaware pounded by roaring waves. the nor'easter giving and taking. their concern is for beach and dune erosion leading to flooding. the same is true in ocean ocean maryland pelted by the storm waters. their low-lying streets and people are thankful it stopped short of businesses. people braceing with sandbags but the real damage the mouth of
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the chesapeake. hampton roads, norfolk, virginia beach seeing serious damage from flood waters. three people reported dead from car crashes. governor kane declared a state of emergency and is due to hold a news conference saturday. he'll be touring the areas hardest hit by the storms in the commonwealth. so it seems our area, the immediate d.c. region really has been able to escape much of the damage that this nor'easter has reached up and down the east coast. alison and doug? >> thank you. stay with abc 7 for continuing coverage of the severe weather out there. brian and adam will be back in 10 minutes with another check on the conditions here at home. >> a string of gold burglaries appears to be solved now in loudoun. authorities arrested three suspects all from new york. takeover past several months burglars broke into about two
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dozen homes and stole gold jewelry and religious statues, nearly all are of southeastern desent pack stappies and others. >> a showdown is brewing between the d.c. council and the catholic church over gay marriage. the catholic church says they will stop providing services. the church has $25 million contracts with the city, much is for adoption services, foster care. >> the city is telling us if you want to continue doing business with the city and partner with us to provide services, you're going to have to violate your faith. >> vincent gray tells "the washington post" he plans to meet with his colleagues to discuss the issue but does not envision a compromise taking place.
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>> a new study will look at preventing aids in the district. the d.c. health department and another are teaming up to the discover whether aggressive treatment could eliminate aids it's expected to take place in and around aids day next month. and keeping the system that messed up thousands of students' schedules, an investigation found out the school max system had significant problems but it would be cheap tore fix it than to replace it. 8,000 students had empty or incorrect schedule it is first few days this year. >> and tired of lip service from metro on safety. mikulski is calling for a federal investigation now into poem safety lapses at metro after a washington post reports independent monitors were blocked from doing safety checks on the tracks. mikulski plans to do a hearing
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and says the inspectors will be allowed. >> it's now 5:36, 47 degrees. >> and no more police scorts for the mayor's bike team. the latest from this cycling controversy. >> and a family is frantically on the search this morning hours before the burial of a loved one. i'm pamela brown. i'll tell you why, coming up. >> first we come bac
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>> here is silver star fastics and new location. we believe every child can be a star that's why we say it's not just gymnastics. it's gym tascs. good morning, washington. >> coming up at 5:40 a.m. welcome back to good morning, washington. adam caskey live. patomic park. standard river flooding in the wet situations we get wet and windy. a combination of all the runoff and the gusty winds pushing the water up on to the shoreline literally pushing it up the patomic on to the shoreline so we have warnings along the patomic coastal flood advisory and warning along the chesapeake bay three to four feet above normal tide level. the water is actually beginning to reseed again.
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areas of light rain especially 95 south of dale city. otherwise. pockets or drizz. that will be the story stai today along with gusty winds. right now 48 in the district topping out at 62 this afternoon so a lot like yesterday but not as wet as yesterday. finally some improvements over testimony weekend especially sunday. at that point sunday and sunshine. we earned it. >> we have a lot of repairs going on on the water main break. inner loop you lose the right trav lane and a merge lane between 50-66. three separate wrecks between georgia avenue and on -- an accident before the exit for 110 is blocking the right lane. loudoun county, in the geico cam remarks things are fine. aal son and doug?
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>> d.v. mayor adrian says will he no longer use a police officer to escort a police officer and his friend on their bike rides. the video showed motorcycle officer clearing traffic for the mayor and his cyclists. police officers were allegedly taken from regular duties to facilitate the training rides. >> the time is 5:41. outside we have 48 degrees and coming up a family's debts pratt search for a stolen urn. we'll have a live report. >> also the behind-the-scenes actions or obama's big debut. >> and the president demands an more and more,nvestigation after
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>> coming up tonight at 5:00, it's a big problem for anyone driving into d.c.
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those trying to contest the parking meters. i'll report meter madness tonight on the abc 7 fuse at 5:00. >> in our top stories at 5:45 this morning, it could end up being one of the biggest counterterrorism sees yures in u.s. history. federal prosecutors are taking steps to sees a new york skyscraper and four u.s. mosques, including one in patomic. a group suspected of being controlled brie iran. >> and determining if the government missed warning signs about major malik nadal hasan. he has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder
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and could get the death penalty. hasan remains in the hospital. >> the taliban says it is obtained swroid bombing attack at a logistics base. six people were hurt when a car bomb went off outside of kabul. fato contracters are said to be among the injured. it is now 5:46 on this friday morning. time for your traffic and weather every 10 minutes. >> with these high win a lot of trees down across the area. probably more problems today, huh? >> yes. nothing blocked as far as trees but we're keeping an eye and ear out open for that. traffic is in a backup with an accident before the exit for 110. this is approach on 110 that looks zeernt heading between the pentagon and rosslyn exits and 66 across the roosevelt bridge is pretty good.
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the outer loop maryland has two wrecks now between connecticut avenue and the mormon temples, nothing blocking, but look at the exact -- look at the impact it had early. >> we have the pin wheel of circulation in the upper levels ofur atmosphere. and luckily the moisture is beginning to move out. the showers have thinned out a bait. a bit. we'll still see rain but let's talk about rain totals. 5 and a quarter inches. spotsylvania just over 5 inches. highest rainfall accumulation south. noon virginia 6.1 inches. right now temperatures in the 40's only on our way to the low 50's later this afternoon. might add another half toiverage
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that throughout locations. especially south and east of the metro. right now we have a few showers and even around largo and bowie we have a few light sprinkles as well. so sbrander graph down here on the patomic and hanes point typical river flooding. you get the high winds and heavier rain and runoff about -- we have big improvements. the water will be receding. tell us more about the weekend, my friend. >> the transition. keep in mind earlier in the week we were 70 wh sunshine but midweek, sure did bring things downhill. tomorrow still a cloudy day, maybe an isolated shower or two possible, but the warming will start to begin. temperatures will start to move up and the wds start to sub side but tomorrow is not the payoff. sunny, sunny. sunday, temperatures close to 70 degrees, so it does get a lot better.
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take a look at what happens early next week. it does look like a sunny stretch with calm conditions. one more dusty day then the transition really commences, so it does look like a pretty nice pattern. back to doug and alison. >> a lot of excitement followed the new first dog's arrival at the white house. but a lot of work went on behind the scenes before bo o'beama made his debut. i spoke to the local woman who trained the pick up to live with the most fame otherwise first family. >> bo obama strutted across the white house lawn for the first time in april quickly showing he is not camera shy. >> i knew just from having him with me that he was going to be a perfect dog for the right family. >> bo lived with dawn ziffelya a virginia-based plaret puppy training under several months of training and observation before
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a top secret meeting at the white house. >> we all sat on the floor, and i introduced bo, and he took right to them. and they to him. >> she says the first daughters were surprised and everyone was taking pictures. >> it was just a regular weekend with the kids. and i happened to be there for them to meet the dog. >> yes. >> we recently visited dawn while she was working with 5-month-old phoebe. but her success started with this dog, the late senator ted kennedy's dog cappy. >> cappy, come here. good dog. >> training cappy led to a 10-year relationship with the kennedys. >> going to their house was like going to a friend's house. >> and they extent obamas to her. now dawn's training classes like this one in georgetown are filled to capacity. >> if you work the sit more, that will replace the jumping.
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>> dawn says now that she is train tore a famous pick up, she will continue to treat them all like top dog. >> she's a love bug. >> cute little pick ups. >> she wasn't selling dogs, just training. >> so you got to get one first. >> it's so fun to see all the different types of dogs together. so cute. >> we have 48 degrees here in rosslyn. >> and good morn
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>> a few stories to watch out for in this day ahead. police chief kathy lanier will launch an aum hands on deck initiative, the chief says the overtime work is a strong crime deterrent but others say it -- >> the mass teacher fair toing in d.c. will need court. the washington teachers union has scooled the system. >> and convicted of taking half a million in bribes will be sentenced today in virginia, jefferson faces up to 20 years in prison. >> and now a story you will see only on abc 7, that family is desperately searching for the remains of a war hero hours before his burial at arlington national cemetery. >> they say his urn was stolen from a rental van last night. pamela brown is live with this
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story. >> it's hard to believe one of colonel middle better submit's final wishes was to be burried here at arlington national cemetery but the urn with his ashes went missing last night. >> making all that rattling sound. >> where hours to go until her father's burial, carol schmidt is frantic. >> it just seems like an extra slap in the face. >> a trip to a museum turned into a night irma. >> while they were inside someone broke into the rental van and stole a turquoise carry bag a bag that contained an american flag and the bag that remains that carried the remains of her father. >> this urn is out there. >> with the pain already so strong from the loss of colonel schmidt, the idea that his remains may never be return asked unbearable for his widow.
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>> we've got to find these remains, even if we don't get them in time for the burial, she will not have any closure. >> the family says the man who earned a bronze star in korea and a purple heart deserves nothing more than to rest in peace here among his fellow soldiers. >> back live. the family is running out of time to find the urn before today's 1:00 burial. if you have any information about where it may be you are asked to call authorities. reporting live, pamela brown. >> all right, what a shame. >> terrible story. >> we hope they find it. >> well, there's a lot more still to come in the second hour of good morning, washington. >> in that next hour teri pray onmakes headlines for an interview she did not do. we'll explain. >> and day two of the water main mess on the inner loop of the beltway. i'm matt brock with a special traffic report for you.
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>> and november nor'easter funds to east coast. we're on storm watch again today. >> and later president obama arrives for a nine-day trip to asia. but first he makes a pledge to american troops.